Nursing

Peer review policy provides road map for success

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, October 1, 2009

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Peer review is about nurses taking responsibility for their practice and about nurses evaluating nurses. It is about raising the standards of practice for all, and, ultimately, about providing the best care we can for our patients.

Once an organization has made the decision to implement peer review and determined the backbone structure, it is time to begin establishing the peer review process. It is crucial that the process have a systematic design and protected approach. This means creating a formal policy, charter, and process that you will follow as you perform nursing peer review. Doing so ensures that the program has the authority and validity it needs to be accepted and valued, as well as the system to ensure it runs smoothly.

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